‘Terrible Trudy on the Lam’ Short Review

Terrible Trudy on the Lam is a wildly fun read, introducing us to a tapir who has escaped from the San Diego Zoo. I loved this tale—it’s imaginative and as fun as a short story could be. We see Trudy become an ice-skating wonder, doing her act in a local club, much to the excitement of…

‘Eighteen Songs by Debussy’ Short Review

Eighteen Songs by Debussy provides a series of fascinating snippets laid out in a connected montage. This is a world inhabited by robots and mechanical beings, a world so futuristic that it feels like a fantasy. The writing style is wonderfully whimsical, taking on an Alice in Wonderland feel throughout. We see the mating rituals…

‘Neom’ Short Review

Neom is the story of a city settled in the desert, born from a long ago dream to create a sprawling metropolis of the future. Tidhar’s writing is sharp, touching on futuristic wonder, daily life, and the tragedy of societal ignorance. The piece is a day-in-the-life of a woman, following her as she walks through the…

The Grays of Cestus V (Short Review)

The Grays of Cestus V is the tragic tale of a woman who finds herself lost in a world she no longer belongs in. What once was vibrant and exciting to her younger self is now dull and grey, a fact she can’t bear to live with. Roberts’ use of color fuels this emotional discussion on…

Best Served Slow (Short Review)

Best Served Slow barrels toward a surprising twist and a comical, though haunting, ending. It’s both funny and mysterious, focusing on a main character whose relationship with her son and his wife just got a whole lot stranger. BEST SERVED SLOW Leah Cypess Asimov’s Science Fiction, September/October 2018 Issue STORY The story is simple at first,…

The Witch of Osborne Park (Short Review)

The Witch of Osborne Park features dark magic in suburbia, pairing white picket fences with hauntings and witchcraft. It’s well-crafted, showing a neighborhood where omens and curses aren’t unusual, where everyone casually has protective symbols hanging from their garages. There’s a deeper sort of magic here beyond the witches begging the question: what’s really wrong…

Shorts Review: Asimov’s Science Fiction July/August Issue

I loved this issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction. We’ve got eleven different worlds, ranging from alternate realities to wild dimensions inhabited by space whales. There are characters to love and characters who will annoy the crap out of you. It’s great! Click the links below to read my reviews of each piece. Get the issue…

Review: Starship Mountain

Starship Mountain is a sleuth story at heart, sending us on a chase through this Elizabethan England-style city on a world much like our own. Mix in the intrigue of the investigation and an alleyway sword-fight with a major science fiction twist and you’ve got an awesome novella that deserves the sequels to (hopefully) come….

Shorts: Straconia

It’s an interesting Alice in Wonderland meets suburbia tale as a man finds himself trapped in an alternate reality. The story examines what it means to be stuck in a life you don’t wish to live, and the consequences of staying around in a place you don’t belong. It’s a great read, remaining zanny and…

Shorts: Liberating Alaska

This alternate history is more military fiction than science fiction, portraying a realistic battle as the American forces attempt to take back a small city on the coast of Alaska. The narrative and language are spot on, and the author transports you to a circa-WWI battle with ease. LIBERATING ALASKA Harry Turtledove Asimov’s Science Fiction…